When I am making my art, I find many reference pictures. For example, when I draw or sculpt animals, I find many pictures of the animal from every angle.
Currently, I am sculpting many animlas; a leopard, a gorilla and a macaw. I look at all the references I found and use them to sculpt. Sometimes it takes me a little while to get it right and make the shape right, so I might make a practice animal thats small. I can make mistakes on the sculpture, but I just try to fix it and make it work.
For drawing, I try to do the same thing.
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